Vegan Tasting with Chef Preet Marwaha

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On January 22nd, the Vegan Congress was proud to host its first event: a vegan tasting and raw cooking demo with special guest, Chef Preet Marwaha. Founder of Vancouver-based OrganicLives, he is a renowned nutrition and food authority, having worked with UN Environment Programme, India-Canada Organic Agriculture Association, World Wellness Project, and the Safe Planet Campaign, in addition to teaching at Vancouver’s Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

During this particular session, he discussed the benefits of a plant-based diet as a compassionate, just, and sustainable act, covering such subjects as the seven elements of nutrition, how our food systems work, and how to prepare delicious, nutrient-rich foods. For instance, he discussed myths around the amount of protein and vitamins needed to thrive, stating that these are fuelled by the interests of big-agriculture. In fact, there is enough protein and nutrients in a well balanced vegan diet (not junk vegan) to feed humans. To state a few statistics, 100 calories of broccoli has more protein than 100 calories of steak, plus all vegetables have more micronutrients than meat: buckwheat is 13% protein, oats is 17% protein, and lentils are 25% protein. He also approached the subject of our future, and how it is dependent on making a paradigm shift in how we think about our food.

The event drew a crowd of over 100 people, half of which were not vegan or vegetarian, to whom Chef Preet broke certain nutritional myths, taught how to make quick, delicious smoothies, and gave general advice to maintain a healthy vegan-diet, drawing it all to a close with samples of his delicious macaroons – his most popular desert. The event was overall a brilliant success for the group, and we look forward to hosting more events such as this in the near future.

If you wish to learn more about Chef Preet Marwaha, please visit his website or follow him on twitter.

 

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